Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Information in Syracuse and Central New York

Untreated Rheumatoid Arthritis can lead to joint destruction, often in the small joints of the hands.

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HOW COMMON IS RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS IN THE SYRACUSE (CENTRAL NEW YORK) AREA ?

Based on a study by the Mayo Clinic and others, we can estimate that more than 3,000 people in the Central New York (Syracuse Metropolitan Area) suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). RA causes painful, swollen joints through inflammation. In Rheumatoid arthritis the immune system — rather than protect from foreign threats — attacks healthy body tissue such as the joints. Untreated, this can lead to joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and eventual joint damage.

HOW TO FIND A RHEUMATOLOGIST IN SYRACUSE FOR RA?
Your primary care doctor or other healthcare professional will usually refer you to a Rheumatologist in the area. An academic rheumatology practice in Syracuse is located at SUNY Upstate Medical University. There are also many private practice rheumatologists in the area, some of which can be found here.

DO I HAVE RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS ?

The so-called metacarpophalangeal joints (“Knuckles”) and proximal interphalangeal joints are typically affected in RA, whereas the most distant joints of the hand (distal interphalangeal joints) are usually spared.

Rheumatoid Arthritis typically affects small joints of the hands and wrist (red), while often sparing the most distant joints (green).

Discuss with your doctor if you experience any of the symptoms that are concerning to you. Depending on your examination and symptoms your doctor (or other healthcare provider) may order additional blood tests, x-rays, and consider a referral.

A SPECIALIST EXAM AND BLOOD TESTS CAN HELP CONFIRM IF YOU HAVE RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS (RA)

SOURCES:

Is the incidence of rheumatoid arthritis rising?: results from Olmsted County, Minnesota, 1955-2007 (Myasoedova et al.)

Prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis in the United States adult population in healthcare claims databases, 2004-2014 (Hunter et al.)
Arthritis By The Numbers (Arthritis Foundation)

Responsible Author

Christian Geier, MD — Rheumatologist at SUNY Upstate Medical University

Academic website: https://christiangeier.co

Syracuse, Central New York, 13204

The purpose of the website is to provide information about the care of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) in the area of Syracuse (Central New York).

The purpose of CNY-RA.com is to provide educational information for people living with or suspected to have Rheumatoid Arthritis, to facilitate early diagnosis, quality of life. This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by SUNY.